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Catalysis Letters

, Volume 145, Issue 2, pp 697–701 | Cite as

Epoxidation of Propene with Graphite AuPd-Supported Nanoparticles

  • Upendra N. Gupta
  • Robert L. Jenkins
  • Nicholas F. Dummer
  • Donald Bethell
  • Graham J. HutchingsEmail author
Article

Abstract

The oxidation of propene has been studied with O2 as the terminal oxidant using a carbon-supported gold palladium catalyst at 90 °C. The reaction is carried out in acetonitrile as solvent in an autoclave. Propene oxidation is only observed in the presence of benzoyl peroxide acting as a radical initiator, but the presence of O2 is essential to observe oxidation. The addition of aldehydes enhances the formation of the epoxide.

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Keywords

Epoxidation Propene Oxygen Dibenzoyl peroxide Aldehyde 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We thank Sasol Technology and Mintek, South Africa for funding. We also thank John Moma and Marco Gatti for assistance with the solvent studies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Upendra N. Gupta
    • 1
  • Robert L. Jenkins
    • 1
  • Nicholas F. Dummer
    • 1
  • Donald Bethell
    • 1
  • Graham J. Hutchings
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Cardiff Catalysis InstituteCardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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